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Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations are responding to COVID-19 with solutions to meet the unique challenges of this pandemic in hard to reach conflict affected and fragile settings.

From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering disinformation campaigns, learn how these innovative solutions are supporting the world’s most vulnerable against COVID-19.

The Problem

Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.

Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.

The Solution

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Global Affairs Canada, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.

Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.

" 53 Innovators Funded, 23 Implementation Countries, $21.3 Million Invested"

What is Happening Now

The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.

Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.

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